The 2016 Breakthrough Series will be hosted at four regional locations; Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (Jan. 15-18), the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati (June 15-19), Pirate City, the Spring Training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Bradenton, Fla., (June 20-24), and the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. (June 27-July 1). The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft saw 30 former event participants selected, an all-time high. Five alumni were selected in the first two rounds.
What is the Breakthrough Series?
The Breakthrough Series, established in 2008, is a joint effort on behalf of USA Baseball and Major League Basebll. This unique program focuses on developing the player on and off the field through seminars, mentorship, gameplay, scout evaluations, video coverage, and the highest level of instruction all while providing a platform for the players to perform for scouts and collegiate coaches. The events are completely cost free with USAB covering expenses for the players.
Players in the MLB and USA Baseball diversity pipeline, including the Breakthrough Series and Elite Development Invitational may be offered additional development and instructional opportunities throughout the year. Affording participants touch points at different times during the season will allow for consistent growth opportunities both in competitive and non-competitive settings and will aide in the continued advancement of their life and baseball skills.